Dental Crowns and Bridges

What are Dental Crowns and Bridges?

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A dental crown is a cap for your tooth. A dental bridge is two or more crowns in one piece that bridge, or span; a gap from a lost tooth. Most of the time, we use porcelain to make the crowns and bridges right here in our office.

Is a Dental Crown Procedure Painful?

No, it usually is not painful at all. In fact, tooth pain or sensitivity and trouble chewing may be relieved after a dental crown procedure.

We begin with local anesthetic if you need it and then we prepare the tooth to receive a crown. This involves removing some of the tooth to shape it in a way that accepts the crown securely. During this part of the procedure, you’ll feel some minor vibration, but it doesn’t hurt.

Remember, any time you need to take a break or if for some reason you feel pain, just raise your hand and we’ll stop to help you. Your comfort is very important to us.

Once the tooth is prepared to receive the crown, we use a neat little tool that maps the prepared tooth and the surrounding area including the adjacent teeth and gums. Have you ever seen images where scientists use technology to map the depths of the ocean? Well, the image on the screen will remind you of that—and it will include highly precise dimensions to build a custom dental crown.

Once again, there’s no pain and the tool isn’t very big. You won’t be uncomfortable.

After the imaging is done, the information is sent to our milling machine and it turns a block of dental porcelain into your new crown. It’s done right here in our office so you can have your crown done in one visit.

The next step is to test fit it on your tooth, maybe make a few minor adjustments and permanently cement the crown onto your tooth. Then, it’s just a matter of polishing and final details.

Crowns are also used as the finishing touch for dental implants, in cases where you’ve had a tooth pulled or if you’ve lost a tooth and a new titanium implant has been completed.

When the crown is done, you’ll forget that it’s not a real tooth. It looks, feels, and functions just like a natural tooth.

Why Would I Need a Dental Crown?

Each case is different, and we like to offer you every option available for you to decide what’s best. Here’s a few reasons why you need a dental crown:

  • Pain Relief Does it hurt when you bite down? If so, you may have a cracked tooth. Don’t delay in a situation where it hurts to chew. The dental crown procedure is not painful and will replace the cracked portion of the tooth before it gets worse.
  • Protection If you have a tooth that was damaged in the past, even if it doesn’t hurt, you should have us look at it. A dental crown can be used to help preserve and protect your natural tooth while it’s still healthy.
  • Root Canals The final part of a root canal procedure; or endodontic treatment, may be to apply a crown to protect your repaired tooth. (by the way-the legendary pain of root canals is a thing of the past.)
  • Dental Implants We’ll cap your new titanium tooth root with a dental crown. You’ll have a brand new tooth that everyone will think is a natural tooth.
  • Support Dental crowns can be used to help support bridges and other dental devices.

 

What’s the Difference between a Dental Crown and a Dental Bridge?

The two are very similar, except a dental bridge combines two crowns that go on the prepared teeth or implants. Often a bridge will also fill a gap where more teeth are missing. Otherwise, the procedure is very much the same as a single crown. You’ll need to take care of the empty space below the bridge; it’s like flossing, just underneath as well as on the sides.

Why Would I Need a Dental Bridge?

If you’ve lost one or more teeth, a dental bridge is a great way to restore your smile and improve the function of your mouth. Some benefits of a dental bridge include:

  • Image of a dental crown and dental bridge by White Family DentalPreservation of Natural Teeth When a tooth is lost, the surrounding teeth may migrate or weaken because of the open space.  A dental bridge will prevent this from happening so that you keep the rest of your natural teeth longer. A lost tooth also means a heavier burden is placed on surrounding teeth. A dental bridge will help to spread the impact of chewing across a bigger and more natural area. This can help to prevent uneven wearing of teeth and possibly tooth damage.
  • Appearance Dental bridges look, feel and function like natural teeth. They’re a well proven way to fill an unpleasant gap between teeth and give you back a beautiful smile. Chances are that you see people with bridges every day and you don’t even know it.
  • Functionality When we have weak or missing teeth, we tend to get used to avoiding favorite foods or eating in a way that isn’t natural. A dental bridge functions just like a natural tooth so you can enjoy eating again.
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At White Family Dental, we’ll always give you the options that are personally appropriate for you and then let you decide what’s best.

Dental crowns and bridges are wonderful ways to improve your everyday life by filling the gaps that make you hesitate to smile or alter your eating. Don’t you think it’s time to enjoy your new teeth?

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S K

1 out of 5 stars

posted 2 days ago

I had a great experience until I told my dentist that I have a chronic pain condition and that I take pain pills. I'd had several serious issues with my teeth and read research showing a link between my condition and tooth decay.
I went there one more time for, I think, the third root canal I'd had in just a month or two. It took two hours and typically they try not to do more than an hour at a time. At the end, he told me he wouldn't be giving me pain meds. Every other time, they had. When he stepped out of the room, the dental assistant looked at me horrified and told me that I needed to tell him to give me some and she was completely shocked that he wasn't going to give me any after a two hour root canal. But he refused and said call if I really need them.
I was talking Tramadol for my Endometriosis, but it is not strong enough to deal with tooth pain. At that time, it had been nearly two years since I'd actually gone out to have fun as I'd been bedridden from my pain. It just so happened the day after my procedure, my husband and I had bought comedy show tickets and I desperately wanted to go. So I called and asked for a few pain pills because my tooth really started hurting the next morning. They agreed.
However, when I picked them up, the receptionist informed me that, "this is not a pharmacy" and they will no longer give me pain meds regardless of what procedure they perform. I was mortified as the whole waiting room listened... I just walked out and cried in my car. I'd never experienced that level of discrimination before.
A few days later I got a phone call from them. Suddenly, my pre-arranged monthly payments were no longer sufficient and I had to pay my balance in full before I could return. I'd just had Step 1 of the 2 Step crown procedure and asked if I could please just come in for that last appointment since I had just paid to do the first part. Nope, the second step wasn't immediately necessary so I could wait until my balance was paid.
I know this is a long review, but I'm hoping others who struggle with chronic pain will read this and know to go elsewhere. Hopefully others will feel the same way too. Discrimination of any type is not acceptable, especially in the medical /dental community. I was taking Tramadol, which is a step or two above Aleve- not near strong enough to help with tooth pain. I wish they would have gotten to know me first. They would likely be surprised to know I have my Masters in psychology, refused pain meds for the first three years of my chronic pain, and only wanted 5 pills max, just enough for a day or two and so I could go on a date with my husband for the first time in two years. Also, I really don't think anyone would pay for and go through a root canal for five vicodin or percocet. I've actually worked with addicts before I got ill and to be honest, feigning a need for a root canal would be counterproductive to the addict's need for the "no feeling" high. I'm so disappointed in them, as a person, patient, and therapist.
*I'm pretty sure Dr. White told the billing lady to call me and tell me that my payments were no longer acceptable. I believe he has been fully aware of what happened.
I am not contacting "you". This review was provided to help other people with illnesses or disabilities make an informed decision. No one with an incurable disease should have to face such immature and unethical behavior when seeking care.

No record? Wow... I didn't think you guys would stoop so low as to blatantly lie. And I'm pretty sure I'm not going to confuse the only dentist I've been to since I've lived in the state of PA.

Dyanne Wagner
Dyanne Wagner

4 out of 5 stars

posted 3 months ago

Nice, people, Dr White very nice dr. I received
A call, saying after he n another dr discussed,
I was not a GOOD fit! To get a tooth pulled?
No explanation, except, my health history.
I was not encouraged, to say the least.
People, it is your decision, whether or not to
Pull ur tooth. Sometimes it does come down to money, $3,000 may glibly fly from some folk's repertoire, but for us not able to get able dental insurance, with our health plans,
Its a tossup. D.W.

Smiles n happy, peppy people, yes by all means , DO contribute to a positive dental
experience! I couldn't agree more. :)
Honestly, folks, I so wish those lovely qualities
could translate into cash. But reality, being
What it is, prevented my first plan , to save my tooth, then crown it. I just could not bear to
see my retired husband have to work so hard,
to pay for it. With a broken knee, I also have Post Concussive Syndrome, he takes care of me so well.The rest I still have no knowledge
of . Things are not always what they seem. :)

As matters turned out, he had been fed the
Wrong conclusion, by the first dentist's
Assistant. I straightened it out with the correct facts. We are ,^^^"friends" again. D.W.

Lindsey Wostmann
Lindsey Wostmann

5 out of 5 stars

posted 8 months ago

They have the most amazing and patient people working at the office. The work with any fear or worry you have. I will never go any where else... they are wonderful! Thank ya'll SO much!!!!

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